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TOGO SHUTS DOWN CHURCHES, MOSQUES, OTHERS AS COVID-19 CASES RISE

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Following a “worrying spike” in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, Togo’s government has ordered all places of worship to close for one month starting on Friday.

The eight-million-strong West African nation has registered just over 23,000 cases and 203 deaths, but due to low testing rates, the exact tally could be higher.

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On Wednesday, Didier Koumavi Ekouevi, president of the country’s scientific council, warned, “The number of deaths keeps increasing.”

“We had four deaths in June, 22 in July, and 33 in August. We’re registering four times the number of patients.”

Weddings and funerals, as well as cultural, athletic, and political gatherings, will be prohibited beginning Friday, according to the authorities.

Bars and nightclubs have been instructed to close for the time being.

Those who break the new rules will face sanctions, according to the authorities.

“Due to an alarming increase of Covid-19 instances in our nation… the administration would like to remind the public that restrictive measures remain in place,” the government stated in a statement on Thursday.

Since March 2020, Togo’s borders have been closed.

Togo presently has over 4,800 active cases, and officials have warned that hospitals are overburdened.

The capital’s main treatment center, Lome, has a capacity of 200 people, with 30 in intensive care.

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